Shimmer 33

Posted on November 9th, 2011 in Shimmer, Stories



Bewildered, Magnolia stared at the jewels in Bridget’s palms, glittering between her fingertips.  ”I don’t understand.  I thought Magelena stole them.”  She glanced at Amaryllis’s evil sister, clutching the side of the punch table, her long pale arms quivering.

“She did.”  Bridget grinned.  ”But she underestimated us.”

“Huh?”  Magnolia blinked as Cici waved from the crowd, passing out shimmering cupcakes along the the microphone.  Feeble voices filled the air, tears and laughter flowing as stories of Amaryllis buzzed through the cluster of families and friends.  The twinkling haze thickened, Bridget’s twinkling eyes barely visible even three feet away.

“Check it out.”  Bridget’s left eye sparkled.  Magnolia laughed, reaching for the jeweler’s loop she held.  ”Did you get this from my uncle?”

“Bingo!”  Bridget reached into her bag, dropping some of the recovered pieces into Magnolia’s hands.  Necklaces, earrings and bracelets spilled into her clasped fingers, a glimmering pile of goodness.  ”Just like Amaryllis’ shimmer leaves a trail, so does Magelana’s hatred.  She’s not any better at hiding than you are.  These were all in the dumpster behind Amaryllis’ shop.”  Her eyes widened and she yanked Magnolia forward.  ”Watch out!”


Magnolia’s grin faded as a thin arm reached over her shoulder, skeletal fingers snatched for the jewels.  Jerking away, Magnolia clutched the jewels to the bodice of her gown, her fairy wings swinging behind her.  ”Back off, Magelena.”

“Stealing isn’t nice,” Magnelna hissed, her pale face dour in the shadows of a black hood.  ”Nor is all this.”  She waved her hand at the crowd, a trembling old woman staring, clutching the microphone in her hand.  ”We had a bargain.”


“A bargain you broke and forfeited.” Magnolia’s fingers tightened.  ”You lost.  Get over it.”


“I didn’t lose anything.”  Magelna leered, fluttering her eyelashes.  ”You think you’ve won?  That this is some fairy tale where everything will be all right because of a few precious stories?”  She snapped her fingers, the cloud of glitter around them dropping to the ground in clumps of ash.   “You should have known I don’t play by the rules.”  Reaching forward, her fingers darted towards Magnolia’s ribbon and flower circlet nestled on her golden curls.


“Magnolia!” Bridget screamed.


As Magnolia reared back, the calico cat leaped from the ground, entwining around Magelena’s face.  She fell to the ground with a scream, the jewels from Magnolia and Bridget’s flailing hands raining down around her.  A brilliant flash of light burst into the sky, blinding them all.


Blinking in the fading light, Magnolia coughed, waving away a cloud of silver.  She grabbed Bridget’s arm, her eyes slowly drinking in the colors around her.  ”Where’s Magelena?”


“Dead, I hope.”  Bridget wiped her eyes, smearing her eye make up and coughing.  ”Do you see her?”


Magnolia glanced around, her shoulders slumping.  ”No.”  She scooped up the calico, smiling as a black streaked paw caught her chin.  ”I owe you one!”

“Look!” Cici cried, dropping a tray of iced cookies.  ”Look!”  She pointed to the stage as a glimmering light rose from a pile of ashes.  Entranced, the crowd watched as a shimmering tiara, gleaming like the first rays of dawn, rested upon Magnolia’s head.  Clutching the cat, Magnolia froze, unable to tear her own eyes away from the light bursting from her forehead.


“The jewels came together just like your uncle said they would!” Bridget whispered, stepping back and nearly tripping over the edge of the stage.  She glanced down at the pile of eyes and blanched.  ”That means…”


“You won.”  Amaryllis smiled, next to them as if she had always been there.  Taking Magnolia’s fingers, she kissed them.  ”You did it, dear.  You got rid of her for good.”


“But…I didn’t do anything!”  Magnolia protested, holding up a loudly protesting cat.  ”She did!”


“She helped,” Amaryllis allowed with a smile. “But without you creating a air of shimmer and finding the jewels, it wouldn’t have been enough.  See, before you, all the people held the shimmer in their hearts.  The stories in their hearts.  But thanks to you, they let it out.  And it was strong enough to wipe away Magelena’s shadows for good.”


“So she won’t come back?” Bridget demanded.


“No.”  Amaryllis smiled.  ”She’s gone.  And now it’s time for me to go, I’m afraid.”


“What?”  Cici staggered forward.  ”Who will help me with the bakery?”


“Who will help me to shimmer?” Magnolia asked.


“Who will prove to me there is shimmer?” Bridget crossed her arms.  Amaryllis laughed, helping Cici onto the stage.  She flung out her arms and cried, “You will!”


“Huh?”  Bridget raised an eyebrow.


“You three have been spreading shimmer all along.  You just didn’t know it.  Cici, with her joyful cupcakes.  Bridget, with her beautiful bouquets.  And Magnolia…”  Amaryllis’ dimples deepened.  ”She’s just a natural.”


“But I don’t know anything!” Magnolia cried, desperately clutching the now yowling cat to her bodice.  His claws caught at the faint pastel, sequins shimmering between his paws.  ”You said you would teach me…”


“Sometimes, the best way of learning is by doing.”  Amaryllis extracted a key from one of her deep kimono sleeves, extending it towards Magnolia.  ”It’s not like I’ll be needing it anymore.”


Magnolia sucked in her breath.  ”The key to your store?”


“You knew this was going to happen all along, didn’t you?” Bridget scowled, digging her arms into her elbows.  ”That’s why you never ordered any inventory.”


Amaryllis simply closed Magnolia’s trembling fingers around the key.  ”Take care of the town for me, won’t you?  It’s in your blood, you know.”


“But where are you going?” Magnolia stuttered.


Lifting her arms to the sky, Amaryllis smiled.  ”Home.”  Digging into her pockets, she tossed two handfuls of silver dust into the air.  White flashed around them as silver rained down, like a firework inches from their noses.  As the smoke cleared, Magnolia’s gaze stayed fixed on a star twinkling in the sky, brighter than all the others.


“Shimmer,” she whispered.  ”Shimmer well.”


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23 Responses to “Shimmer 33”

  1. Couture Carrie Says:

    Lovely dialogue, darling!
    Happy Wednesday!


  2. blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell Says:

    I love how the crown came down. Awesome!

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Says:

    I love that advice to shimmer and shimmer well! :)

  4. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    Nothing is better than a life full of shimmer! :)

  5. Melissa Says:

    Simply divine! I too love the advice to shimmer…could use some myself! Have a great day lady!

  6. Chic 'n Cheap Living Says:

    What a great ending and way to shimmer!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  7. Natasha Says:

    No!! I want Amaryllis to stay. :( This was a good chapter, but find a way to make her stay.

  8. Ramona Says:

    Let’s do a lot of shimmering today!

  9. Krysten Says:

    Shimmer. Sigh. Love.

  10. amy b.s. Says:

    shimmer on!

  11. joeinvegas Says:

    Autumn brunch -

  12. Chewthefat Says:

    Haha–I like the ‘Wizard and Oz’ like ending. ‘Who would have thought a nice little girl like you could have destroyed my beautiful wickedness…’

  13. heatherlyn Says:

    I like how it was turned back over to the town and the girls. Making things shimmer really is a personal responsibility. :)

  14. gloria Says:

    Magnolia is so nice Duckie,I love her,
    I will make sooon a sweet potato pie, but look this sweet potato dessert that I made in other post

    I think you would love this!! When I post the sweet potato pie I will tell you! gloria

  15. creativefashionglee Says:

    Loving this story once more, makes my day. :)

  16. Diana Mieczan Says:

    Love this story!!! Hope you are having a great week so far, sweetie. xo

  17. vianney Says:

    lovely story, the crown…ahhh

  18. Bonnie Says:

    Beautiful writing. I love the crown!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  19. She is Sara Says:

    OH no, is it all over??

  20. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    Wow,great ending.

  21. Marjie Says:

    This was a really nice ending to your story, Duckie.

  22. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    I hope she comes back for a visit now and then. I’m looking forward to the new store.

  23. toms shoes Says:

    Hi there, I check your new stuff daily A Duck In Her Pond » Shimmer 33. Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

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